Living in the west end of Ottawa, you sometimes kick yourself for giving up living next to the 25 pho places that seem to be in walking distance from any point in Centretown. Thankfully over the last few years, the explosion of Vietnamese food has spread out to the 'burbs. At first glance, Benji's doesn't fit the mould of a typical Vietnamese Pho restaurant (I guess they took a page out of some of the nicer Thai restaurants). The decor is extremely sophisticated and more fine-dining esque. Same with the presentation of the rice paper rolls-which were also extremely well done-but dressed up in a way that made us feel that we should be paying a lot more than the $5 price on the menu. The peanut sauce was also a lot thinner then the thick slurry that we're used to-but it was a whole lot better than your typical peanut sludge.
The pho-well, I have to say that's definetely one of my top 5 broths I've ever tasted for beef pho. Service was also quick, efficient and polite-though we went at 5:15pm on a Tuesday and it wasn't too busy.
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